We take a look back at the success enjoyed by syndicate and racing club-owned horses in the past week.
OWNERS GROUP DOUBLES UP – NOT ONCE BUT TWICE!
OWNERS GROUP members were loving every minute of their racing on Valentine’s weekend when they enjoyed an across-the-card double at Ascot and Haydock Park, courtesy of top trainer Paul Nicholls.
He saddled Sabrina and Alcala to win within 15 minutes of each other! Harry Cobden got them off to the perfect start on the former at Ascot before amateur Angus Cheleda did the business on Alcala.
It was their second double of the week following Asdaa’s win on the All-Weather at Wolverhampton for Mark Johnston and the success of another Nicholls runner, Calva D’Auge at Plumpton.
Another leading jumps trainer, Kim Bailey, switched codes to take a Kempton Park handicap with his reliable All-Weather performer Blazon in midweek – a well named winner for his syndicate THE BLAZING OPTIMISTS.
HOT TO TROT RACING can also switch codes seamlessly and enjoyed a memorable day at Warwick on 8th February when Trincomalee took them into the winner’s enclosure, courtesy of Lucy Wadham and Leighton Aspell.
There’s lots of fun to be had as part of a local pub syndicate and regulars at The George Inn and The Boot Inn were raising a glass to the victories of Emma Lavelle’s Fortunate George at Warwick on 8th February and Neil Mulholland’s Chinwag at Huntingdon two days earlier.
MIDDLEHAM PARK RACING are aiming for an unprecedented 100 winners this year and have made a flying start to 2020. They enjoyed a double at Chelmsford City last Tuesday with Double Martini and Prince Of Eagles – their 10th winner of the year.
Roger Fell’s Double Martini wasn’t shaken or stirred when he landed a 1m handicap under James Sullivan, while David Lanigan’s Prince Of Eagles soared home to maintain his promise with success over 1m2f on his handicap debut.
There was success on the Flat for MATT WATKINSON RACING when Deolali braved the wrath of Storm Dennis to win the apprentice handicap for Stella Barclay and Toby Eley at rain-swept Newcastle on Saturday 15th. Meanwhile, at Lingfield, the KESTON RACING CLUB was also celebrating a win with the Lee Carter-trained The Warrior.